Ben Smith

Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he's always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles

  • One Mild Day – Chance of Flurries

    Posted on: 11:58 am, January 20, 2014, by

    It’s a beautiful MLK Day in the Tennessee Valley. It’s perfect timing with several folks already off from work. Temperatures...
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  • Wednesday Morning Snow Photos

    Posted on: 8:15 am, January 15, 2014, by

    Some of us woke up to light snow this morning, including areas of DeKalb County. Northern parts of the county...
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  • Snow Chances Sunday Afternoon & Evening

    Posted on: 12:52 pm, January 3, 2014, by

    With plenty of cold air in place, several people wonder if any accumulating snow is in the forecast. It’s a...
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  • Much Colder Air Ahead

    Posted on: 9:15 am, January 2, 2014, by

    It’s a wet start to your Thursday morning. Temperatures are in the 40s with light rain in the area. Today...
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  • Snow Thursday, but Accumulations Unlikely

    Posted on: 1:56 pm, January 1, 2014, by

    The chances of getting accumulating snow in the Tennessee Valley is unlikely on Thursday. Look for rain tonight into Thursday...
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  • Snow Possible Thursday Afternoon

    Posted on: 11:06 am, December 31, 2013, by

    Clouds hold on today, but look for a mostly sunny sky through the afternoon with milder readings. Expect middle 40s...
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  • Roads This Morning: A Few Slick Spots, Mostly Wet

    Posted on: 4:15 am, December 10, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:07am, December 10, 2013

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Good news – the roads are mostly wet this Tuesday morning, with very few slick spots....
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  • Update: Winter Weather Advisory Cancelled

    Posted on: 2:54 pm, December 9, 2013, by and , updated on: 04:56am, December 10, 2013

    (WHNT) – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has cancelled the Winter Weather Advisory. Temperatures across the Tennessee Valley were...
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  • Very Little Snow Overnight in North Alabama, Roads in Good Shape

    Posted on: 4:35 am, November 27, 2013, by and , updated on: 07:10am, November 27, 2013

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – If you’re waking up curious about the winter weather, there’s not much to see. There wasn’t...
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  • Cold Rain, A Few Snowflakes Possible

    Posted on: 4:34 am, November 25, 2013, by , updated on: 04:29am, November 25, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A system that is bringing rain, sleet and snow to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana...
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    Cold Wx Radar November 25 AM
  • Cold Blast on the Way

    Posted on: 12:16 pm, November 11, 2013, by

    Enjoy this afternoon, because an arctic air mass is on the way. Here is the bigger view valid Tuesday evening....
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  • Sunrise Photos

    Posted on: 8:43 am, November 4, 2013, by and

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The best thing about the time change – most of us get to see more of...
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